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US Department of State Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
373 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you work for the Foreign Service, you get to see the world in so many meaningful ways (in 30 reviews)

  • See the world while serving your country (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • The biggest turn off for me were actually the foreign service officers (in 32 reviews)

  • This can dramatically impact work-life balance for years at a time (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Experience

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern

    Pros

    Incredible opportunities to meet upper level employees

    Cons

    Long application process takes months

    Recommends
  2.  

    Big Government in a Small Department

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Program Analyst in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unique opportunities to see exotic parts of the world
    Dynamic environment
    Critical function in providing diplomacy for the U.S.
    Great opportunity to meet people from far off places.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, bureaucracy
    Small offices, Large personalities
    Stovepipes and silos slow progress and increase frustration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stronger strategic vision and plan
    Breakdown stovepipes and silos

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Full of interesting issues and people, but culture can get political and underhanded.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Affairs Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Diverse and very smart colleagues
    Good benefits
    Can work on very high impact issues

    Cons

    Bureaucracy can be limiting, especially for those not on a political track
    Travel can be fatiguing
    Long hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ITEP Intern in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - ITEP Intern in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    paid, open door policies, everyone willing to share their experiences and help you grow. great for students

    Cons

    you're either doing nothing or too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more structure in the internship programs, like a mandatory project or presentation. sometimes interns had to chase officers and ask for parts on a project

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern

    Pros

    Work with brilliant minds dedicated to a higher goal of successful foreign policy and international projects. Lots of travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Very much a bureaucratic process. Mundane tasks can sometimes take forever to get finished due to clearance processes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience at US Consulate General Guangzhou

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at US Department of State full-time

    Pros

    The work life balance of consular work is truly excellent and you will work with some of the most interesting people.

    Cons

    It is sometimes hard to create change because there are so many systems of approval.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more contribution from FASTOs

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience at State

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Trainee in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Human Resources Trainee in Charleston, SC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people; Intelligent and hardworking teammates on my team; State really pushes for optimum work-life balance; one of the few decently paid internships for people with less than 1 year professional work experience

    Cons

    Majority of supervisors, I have heard, are great to work with, however I ended up with someone who was kicked down from D.C. for all the problems they caused in D.C.; difficult energy wise to work from 8 am - 5:30 pm and take a thesis course over the summer while working

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Summer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Willingness to work with you so you do what you want. Great chance to network.

    Cons

    Structure of the internship itself ( regarding documentation upon arrival) should be streamlined for interns to begin work without hassle.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Internship Experience

    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Was given lots of responsibility and exposure to interesting issues/problems/people. They treat you like an adult and equal, so expectations can be high, but it's a fantastic environment in which to learn.

    Cons

    Sometimes the expectations are a bit ridiculous when you consider you're working for free. I'd often find myself doing the same job as someone getting paid 100k+ sitting across from me. This would irritate me a bit, but it's just the reality of the job market these days. Gotta pay your dues!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better way to allow interns to transition to full-time or part-time positions.

  11.  

    Public Affairs Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Intern
    Former Employee - Public Affairs Intern

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great exposure to the Department of State
    -Good networking opportunities

    Cons

    -The experience of each intern varied on the quality of the manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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